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July 2013

Beware of barbequed bugs

Whatever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at millions of backyard barbeques. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they don’t bother to mention that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds.  Read more

Biodiversity is beautiful

Last weekend’s Upper Delaware BioBlitz on a 63.5-acre wildlife preserve near Starlight, PA got us thinking about the value of biodiversity. This bioblitz was an inventory of as many species—animals, plants, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fungi and other life—as teams of biologists and volunteers could find and identify in 24 hours. [See Scott Rando’s feature article and photos on page 24.]  Read more

Liberty to apply for sewer grant

A public hearing was held prior to the regular Liberty town board meeting on June 17 regarding a Community Development Block Grant.  Read more

NPS looking for river volunteers

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking volunteers to help spruce up the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River.  Read more

Grants for Wayne County

Grants, both accepted and applied for, were the primary business of the day for the Wayne County Commissioners as they met on June 27.  Read more

Center for Discovery expansion plans; High risk assessment clinic

The Center for Discovery is well known as one of the most important success stories in Sullivan County, and president and CEO Patrick Dollard said he intends to expand on that success in the coming years and beyond.  Read more

Liberty man arrested on DWI

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Michael Towt, 23, on June 29, and charged him with driving while intoxicated, a felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.  Read more

Big noise on Burr Road; ‘If you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’

BETHEL, NY — Bob Davidson told the town board, “He made a comment to me that ‘you can’t make us not do it, and if you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’”  Read more

Sewage legislation passed in Harrisburg; Current standard to remain in place

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation passed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week prevents new policy from being implemented that could have greatly increased the cost of installing new septic systems in areas with high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds in Pennsylvania. The legislation was supported by Senator Lisa Baker, and representatives Sandra Major, Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer.

The bill allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to approve septic systems using the current standards.  Read more

Deluge closes road in Hawley, Wayne

HAWLEY, PA — Over four inches of rain fell on Hawley on June 30, flooding many roads and causing the closure of all roads into and out of the borough for a few hours as a state of emergency was declared.  Read more